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10 places to go in January

Wondering where is best to go in January? Whether you want a winter-sun adventure, a cultural discovery tour away from the crowds, or an active holiday on two wheels, here are our top ten suggestions for a trip away.


Winter sun adventures

Saudi Arabia

Escape the cold and Explore the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With temperate weather throughout the winter, this tour is a must for those looking to enjoy sunshine. From journeying to the Edge of the World in 4WD vehicles, to exploring the bustling coastal city of Jeddah, you’ll be immersed in the vast history of Saudi Arabia.
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With year-round sunshine and mild, pleasant temperatures in winter, the volcanic island of Gran Canaria is a wonderful destination for a winter walking holiday in January. Venture across the lava fields of old and circumnavigate the craters of dormant volcanoes, before indulging in a spread of tasty tapas, washed down with fruity sangria and local wines in a local restaurant by the beach.
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Soak up the sun from onboard a Maldivian dhoni cruise, surrounded by idyllic islands, unspoilt beaches, and sparkling turquoise waters. Relaxation is on the agenda here with a much slower pace of exploration. Each day will be spent sailing to a different island, before anchoring up for snorkelling, swimming and meeting local island inhabitants. The small but lively village of Dhiggaru will also treat you to a performance of Bodu Beru, the traditional folk music of the country.
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Cultural tours

Costa Rica

Costa Rica boasts 5% of the world’s biodiversity, with no shortage of lush forests to explore. On a Costa Rica Wildlife Tour you’ll observe colourful birds and amusing monkeys, in between thrilling activities such as white water rafting and zip lining. You’ll also indulge in one of Central America’s greatest treats: chocolate! After a short forest hike, you’ll learn all about the process of turning cacao fruit into everyone’s favourite sweet.
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Our Inside Vietnam Tour will take you the length of the country from north to south to uncover the five 'H's of Vietnam. Immerse yourself in the lively streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter, cruise the emerald blue seas of Halong Bay, explore the magnificent Imperial Citadel of Hue, stroll along the banks of the UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An, and crawl through the underground Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City. With a tropical climate, Vietnam is usually warm and sunny all year round, but you'll benefit from cooler temperatures in the south during January.
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Cycling holidays


Enjoying a leisurely cycling experience, on a Cycle Mexico tour you’ll experience both vast sandy beaches as well as ancient Mayan ruins. With the sea by your side, set off on Cozumel Island, a destination rich in history and opportunities to relax. On another coastal ride to Las Coloradas, marvel at the pink lagoons where you might spot flamingos and spoonbill herons.
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Sri Lanka

Cycle around the southwest of Sri Lanka in January to avoid the monsoons and make the most of the dry season. Immerse yourself in a world of ancient temples, tea plantations, tropical landscapes, cascading waterfalls and super friendly locals. Get up-close with the local wildlife and go in search of leopard in Yala National Park, before taking a break on the golden shores of Mirissa. The whale migration season is in full swing at this time of year, so you’ll have the option to go whale-watching too.
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Bucket list holidays


While you may encounter more wet weather during January in Cusco, you’ll experience fewer crowds than during the summer period. Make the most of this quiet season as you walk the iconic Inca Trail, soaking up the scenery of the Andes Mountains before reaching one of the New Seven Wonders of the World - Machu Picchu. With some challenging treks during this trip, it’s a bucket-list worthy adventure you’ll never forget.
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Tick a big one off your bucket list in January - a climb up the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro. January is one of the best months to climb Kilimanjaro as the weather allows for ideal trekking conditions - mostly dry, clear days with good visibility. Temperatures are generally higher and than other months with less rainfall. Our Kilimanjaro tours follow the Lemosho Route which involves a 7-day ascent, allowing for more time to acclimatise and maximising your chances of summiting. The Lemosho is generally one of the quieter routes too as it takes a bit longer, meaning quieter walking and campsites, but is also said to be one of the most scenic routes.
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Wildlife expeditions


January is peak time to visit Antarctica as the weather is fair and there is nearly 24 hours of daylight. This typically allows for good access to the designated landing sites that you're allowed to visit by Zodiac boat from your ship, to walk amongst penguin colonies and visit historic sites such as expeditioners' huts.

One of the main reasons in January...the penguin chicks are at their fluffiest and cutest! So if baby penguins are what you want to see, January is the best time to visit. You should see plenty of seals about at this time as well as migrating whales; humpbacks start arriving from January and you may also see orca.
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